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Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte

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CUNHA, Telma F. et al. Tachycardic response and autonomic control in physical exercise in genetic model of cardiac insufficiency. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.4, pp.260-263. ISSN 1517-8692.

Increase of sympathetic nervous activity and tachycardia at rest or during physical exertions are associated with increase of morbimortality, even in the absence of clinical signs of cardiac disease. Considering the importance of the α2A/α2C-adrenergic receptors in the modulation of the nervous activity and heart rate (HR), the present study uses a genetic model of cardiomyopathy induced by excess of circulating catecholamine in the gene inactivation of the α2A/α2 -adrenergic receptors in mice (α2A/α2CKO) to verify the HR response to physical exercise (PE), as well as the sympathetic-vagal control of the HR to PE. The hypothesis is that there would be exacerbated tachycardic response during PE in α2A/α2CKO mice even when the cardiac function was still preserved at rest, being the α2A-adrenergic receptor the main reason for this response. Male mice of the C57Bl6J lineage, control (CO) and with gene inactivation for the a2A (α2AKO), α2C α2CKO) and α2A/α2CKO receptors were submitted to tolerance to a physical exercise test. Two other groups of mice, CO and α2A/α2CKO, were submitted to pharmacological blocking of the muscarinic and β-adrenergic receptors as well as to progressive PE to assess the sympathetic-vagal contribution to PE tachycardia. Intolerance to physical exercise (1.220 ± 18 and 1.460 ± 34 vs. 2.630 ± 42m, respectively) and higher tachycardia to PE (765 ± 16 e 792 ± 13 vs. 603 ± 18 bpm, respectively) in the α2AKO and α2A/α2CKO vs. CO mice was observed. Moreover, the autonomic balance was altered in the α2A/α2CKO mice by the sympathetic hyperactivity and lower cardiac vagal effect. These outcomes demonstrated the importance of the α2A/α2C-adrenergic receptors in autonomic control not only at rest, but also during PE, being theα2A-adrenergic receptor responsible for the sympathetic hyperactivity and lower vagal effect observed. This exacerbated tachycardic response in α2A/α2CKO mice is present even when cardiac dysfunction is not observed.

Keywords : heart rate; α2-adrenergic receptors; physical exercise; tachycardic response; cardiac autonomic control.

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